Books and films for women, by women: a guide by Gojek
Books and films for women, by women: a guide by Gojek
23 Feb 2024

It’s a wild, weird, strange, spooky world where we have to dedicate lists to books written by women, or films made by women – when in reality, females make little more than half of the world’s population. Billions of narratives and different stories to share from mothers, daughters, working women, white-collared executives fighting against sexism in the corporate world, and yet the male point of view remains a default. 

We’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to consciously digest and see things with the female gaze. Here’s our list of must-reads and to-watch films, as curated by the Gojek team.

Image from: Facebook – Ethos Books

Loss Adjustment by Linda Collins

Linda Collins writes of losing her teenage daughter, Victoria to suicide in this poignant, heart-wrenching memoir – which also includes excerpts of the latter’s journal entries prior to her death. Definitely not the easiest book to go through, but one that invites much-needed dialogue and conversations. Note: if you feel the need to talk to someone else / know someone who needs to, please give Samaritans of Singapore a call at 1800 221 4444.

Image from: Penguin

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson’s lyrical musings jump into everything from obvious blue-colored things (like the sky and sea) to blue feelings (of loss and love). It’s a bit difficult to explain, but if you’re looking for something that goes straight into literary craft that expertly navigates through complicated feelings, this is the one to read.

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Love is an Empty Barstool by Pooja Nansi

Pooja Nansi prescribes her poems to be ‘best read with a glass of single malt’ – so you know where this is going. Think love poems that remind you of tender, lone nights in a bar, or quiet nights in with bae. Think love poems that will leave you longing for even more. If you’ve got the chance to catch any of Nansi’s spoken word performances live, don’t miss it, and be sure to stay updated for an upcoming collection of poems.

Half The Picture – directed by Amy Adrion

Following yearly Oscar nominations dominated by men, this documentary by Amy Adrion explores the gender parity that has existed in Hollywood for decades, as discussed by high-profile women who have made their mark on and off screen. Featuring interviews with the likes of Miranda July and Ava DuVernay.

#Female Pleasure – directed by Barbara Miller

Despite its title, #Female Pleasure explores more than just the female orgasm – it’s all about courageous women across the globe fighting against harmful cultural and religious practices that continue to hurt the female body.

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